Authorities are searching for a 20-year-old Quincy man who allegedly shot another man multiple times in a blueberry orchard, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting took place Friday around 7:30 a.m. in the orchard at the 20300 block of Highway 28 near Quincy, said Kyle Foreman, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
Arnoldo Cazares Mendoza allegedly shot the victim multiple times in the stomach, Foreman said. The victim was flown to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.
The sheriff's office did not release the name of the victim and his condition was not immediately available.
Mendoza got into a pickup truck after the shooting and drove to a nearby orchard were he abandoned the truck, Foreman said. Authorities are using tracking dogs and a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter to search the area around the orchard.
It’s unclear what prompted the shooting or what the relationship between Mendoza and the victim is, Foreman said. Mendoza should be considered armed and dangerous and the sheriff’s office is asking people to stay away from Road 9 near Quincy.
The Columbia Basin Investigative Team is on scene to help interview possible witnesses. The interagency team is comprised of law enforcement in Grant County and the Washington State Patrol.
If anyone has information about Mendoza’s whereabouts they should call 911.